Manager, Release Management

Logistics & Supply Chain Woodland Hills, California Req. UMG-3201


We are UMG, the Universal Music Group. We are the world’s leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording artists and songwriters, and we produce, distribute and promote the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to delight and entertain fans around the world.

How we LEAD: 

We are a leading Consumer Products Company in the Media and Entertainment Sector. We produce, distribute and promote the most acclaimed and commercially successful entertainment product to delight and entertain fans around the world. The specific group is responsible for managing the end to end Supply Chain to set up, manufacture and distribute time sensitive media product to a very demanding retail and consumer market.

The Manager, Release Management is responsible for managing all Supply Chain processes pertaining to New Release Media product for UMe. This position is responsible for setting up bill of materials and any associated pricing, purchase order placement and management, as well as coordination of inventory planning processes with manufacturing vendors, distribution and the inventory management team.

This position is responsible for management of all new releases for UMe. This includes setting up items and pricing and providing reporting and customer service on all new release activity associated with UMe business. The manager will supervise one analyst.

How you’ll CREATE:

Personnel Management

  • Will be responsible for overseeing a Release Analyst
  • This will include reviewing purchase orders, ensuring timely new release milestone management, monitoring procurement timeliness, accuracy and execution, and ensuring excellent customer service

Procurement and Inventory Planning

  • Work with assigned labels to determine and set up bills of materials (BOM’s) and provide any necessary pricing
  • Determine inventory requirements for new release titles and ensure purchase orders are accurately placed in a timely manner
  • Track critical path milestones for new release titles and procure finished goods and raw materials through street date to facilitate fulfillment of all customer orders on schedule
  • Act as account representative for all inquiries relating to inventory positions from inception through street date
  • Participate in key meetings pertaining to new release titles

Customer Service

  • Provide excellent customer service to all assigned labels, including providing timelines, pricing and reporting for all new release activity through street date


  • Performs special projects and ad hoc analysis as requested by management or as required for their assigned accounts
  • Provide inventory management team with forecasted shipment needs in order to assist with supply chain planning

Process & System Enhancement

  • Assists with the development of processes, system enhancements, and reports (e.g., Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to facilitate execution of responsibilities

Bring your VIBE:

  • 3-5 years of experience preferred in a production or planning role with a particular emphasis on production planning, inventory planning and analysis
  • Experience in consumer products, wholesale, retail, or manufacturing environment is preferred
  • Demand planning and/or procurement system experience preferred
  • Supply Chain domain knowledge
  • BA/BS in Business, Finance, Economics or related field; or equivalent experience

Analytical Skills

  • Ability to analyze data and make educated conclusions to execute transactions driving real results
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities to analyse and inventory data and make reasonable recommendations
  • Knows how or where to obtain information; is resourceful
  • Working knowledge of Supply Chain concepts

Communication Skills

  • Proven interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Expresses written ideas, thoughts, or facts in a clear, convincing, and organized way
  • Embraces teamwork; shares ideas / methods to improve performance

Time Management Skills

  • Manages timelines; deals effectively with the challenges of a fast pace, high pressure environment
  • Prioritizes work activities; plans and stays organized in order to meet commitment and productivity standards
  • Can seemlesly manage multiple projects and priorities

Leadership and Management Skills

  • Proven ability to build and develop exceptional teams
  • Effective at managing and delivering results
  • Confidence to lead in a challenging and complex environment
  • Can manage transformational and continuous change

Other Required Skills

  • Takes ownership and responsibility for work progress
  • Is a highly detail oriented individual
  • Takes initiative and seeks increased responsibilities
  • General understanding of manufacturing and supply chain operations
  • Strong Excel skills preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of Enterprise systems and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Visio)

Key Attributes

  • End to end supply chain services orientation
  • Positive mindset, attitude and behavior
  • Embraces and drives change in alignment with an ever changing business environment
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (MS, Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Visio)

Perks Playlist:

  • Competitive Compensation Package including Salary, Benefits and Generous 401k Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off – Paid Holidays, “Gift Week”, Summer Fridays
  • Student Loan Repayment Assistance
  • Employee Developmental Support
  • Annual Gym Reimbursement Package
  • Pet Insurance, plus much more!

 Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.